Healthy Lifestyles Program for You (HLP4U): Augmenting Childhood Obesity Treatment. (HLP4U)

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT01989065
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : November 20, 2013
Last Update Posted : December 3, 2015
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Duke University

Brief Summary:
Outpatient childhood obesity treatment has limited efficacy. This study aims to improve the health habits of parents of obese 5-12 year old children enrolled in the Duke Healthy Lifestyles Program by delivering educational and supportive text messages to the parent's mobile device.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Pediatric Obesity Behavioral: Lifestyle counseling Behavioral: Text Messaging Not Applicable

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 101 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Healthy Lifestyles Program for You (HLP4U): Augmenting Childhood Obesity Treatment Through Provider-to-parent Text Messaging.
Study Start Date : September 2014
Actual Primary Completion Date : August 2015
Actual Study Completion Date : October 2015

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MedlinePlus related topics: Healthy Living

Arm Intervention/treatment
Active Comparator: Lifestyle counseling
The Duke Healthy Lifestyles program is a comprehensive childhood obesity treatment program. Standard of care is active engagement and Lifestyle Counseling of families by nutritionist, physician, mental health provider, and physical therapist. Monthly visits for 1 year are recommended.
Behavioral: Lifestyle counseling
see arm description

Experimental: Lifestyle counseling PLUS text messaging
Patients in this arm will receive full standard of care as described for the Active Comparison group. In addition, parents will be texted daily with a motivational message that provides information and support for healthy behaviors.
Behavioral: Lifestyle counseling
see arm description

Behavioral: Text Messaging
See Arm Description

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Food and Activity Frequency Survey Score [ Time Frame: 3 month post-enrollment ]
    Validated lifestyle behavior survey, addresses common behaviors such as beverages, fast food, television time. 20 questions on 4-point Likert.

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. General Self-Efficacy Survey Score [ Time Frame: 3 month post-enrollment ]
    Validated survey measures parental general self-efficacy. 10 questions on a 5-point Likert.

Other Outcome Measures:
  1. Change in child's Body Mass Index [ Time Frame: Baseline and 3-month ]
    Weight divided by the height squared. Gives indication of whether healthy lifestyle changes lead to short-term weight reduction.

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Ages Eligible for Study:   5 Years to 12 Years   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Adult aged 18 or older and is the child's primary caregiver ("parent")
  • Child aged 5-12 years
  • Child with age- and gender-specific BMI ≥ 95th percentile
  • Parent has mobile phone with texting plan

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Inability to read and write in English
  • Parent with severe medical or mental health condition limiting ability to attend appointments
  • Plan to move out of state in next 3 months

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01989065

United States, North Carolina
Duke Children's Health Center
Durham, North Carolina, United States, 27704
Sponsors and Collaborators
Duke University
Principal Investigator: Sarah C Armstrong, MD Duke University Health System

Responsible Party: Duke University Identifier: NCT01989065     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: Pro00050555
First Posted: November 20, 2013    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: December 3, 2015
Last Verified: December 2015

Keywords provided by Duke University:
Child obesity
childhood obesity
obesity treatment
text messaging

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Pediatric Obesity
Nutrition Disorders
Body Weight
Signs and Symptoms